When it comes to eye creams, I’m at a loss for what to look for. For a long time, they were never on my radar at all. I think the number one complaint people have with their eye area is dark circles, but a topical product is pretty dang limited in what it can do to fix those. A lot of eye products are also targeted towards anti-aging: reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing puffiness and bags, etc. I’m not too concerned about focused anti-aging on my undereye area just yet, so what’s left? What am I treating exactly?
The conclusion I came to is that I just need something moisturizing enough to keep the skin around my eyes plumped and hydrated, yet light enough to not cause problems like milia in the delicate undereye skin. I decided upon the Purebess Galactomyces 80 Eye Cream as a starting point because it gets very well reviewed and it’s almost criminally cheap (something highly unusual when discussing eye creams).
Full Disclosure: This review contains no affiliate links, and the product was purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal use and testing of the product.
What is it?
Purebess Galactomyces 80 Eye Cream is, if you hadn’t guessed, an eye cream. It contains 80% galactomyces ferment filtrate and comes in a tube that is enormous.
- Size: 50g
- Price: $8.10 +shipping from TesterKorea
- Texture: A thick white cream that spreads and absorbs easily
- Scent: None
- Packaging: A grey squeeze tube with a twist off cap
Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (80%), Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Canola Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Beeswax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Plantain Extract, Diospyros Kaki (Japanese Persimmon) Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Ulmus Campestris (Elm) Extract, Equisetum Giganteum (Southern Giant Horsetail) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Carbomer, Arginine, Zanthoxylum Piperitum (Japanese Pepper) Fruit Extract, Pasque Flower, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Disodium EDTA.
CosDNA breakdown. For comedogenicity: beeswax flags a 0-2; butylene glycol, PEG-100 stearate, and dimethicone flag a 1; and cetearyl alcohol flags a 2. For irritation: beexwax flags a 0-2, carbomer a 1, and cetearyl alcohol a 2.
The most important ingredient here is the galactomyces ferment filtrate at 80% of the formulation. Galactomyces ferment is a great ingredient for skin health, and ferments are known for their capacity to reduce redness and brighten the skin.
The cream comes in a monstrous tube by eye cream standards. When you consider you only use a tiny amount of eye cream in an application, this tube could last a very long time. Otherwise, there’s nothing too notable about the packaging.
The product is a medium-weight, white cream with no fragrance. Fragrance doesn’t normally bother me in most products, but I’m glad this cream is without added scent because I feel weird putting perfume so close to my eyes. It sinks in very easily by just patting it in with my ring fingers. It doesn’t feel too thick, but sometimes I make the mistake of squeezing out a bit too much cream and then it takes longer to sink in all the way and I have to pat-pat it in for a minute or two. A minor inconvenience.
As little as I might have to improve, I do think this cream has made a difference in my under eye area. It hasn’t brightened up any darkness of purple-coloring, but it has definitely done it’s job of providing adequate moisture to that delicate bit of skin.
Since I started using this cream, my eyes have looked and felt more hydrated and healthy. They are slightly more plumped, and I find that they often look very fresh and glowy. This cream is especially nice to use after I’ve cleansed in the evening, because my skin tends to get dry no matter what cleanser I use. I’ll notice that my eyes start feeling tight and papery, and a quick dose of this cream fixes that right up. It’s not too heavy or rich either, since it doesn’t make my eyes oily and it hasn’t caused me any milia or other issues. Overall, this has performed exactly how I’d want an eye cream to perform.
Would I Repurchase?
My technically-official answer is no because I absolutely want to branch out and try other eye creams. However, I definitely see this as becoming my general-purpose eye product when nothing else is ‘catching my eye’ (hurr hurr). This cream isn’t particularly exciting, but it does what it’s supposed to do, and is ridiculously cheap to boot. If I ever run out of this beast, I will probably be picking up another one as a dependable standby while I flit noncommittally to whatever other things pique my interest.
I especially recommend this to a first-timer like myself who has never used an eye-cream before. If you aren’t sure if you need an eye cream and don’t want to spend $30+ on a tiny pot of moisturizer, try this one out first.